Philipstown Trail

The Philipstown Trail is a proposed multi-use trail — walking, hiking, biking and running — linking the Metro North railroad stations of Cold Spring and Garrison. The trail also aims to connect local residents with several community amenities and attractions.

What is the purpose of the Philipstown Trail?

Presently the main way that Philipstown residents get from Cold Spring to Garrison is by car. With almost no sidewalks nor bicycle lanes, 9D is dangerous to pedestrians and cyclists, discouraging them from using it. Pedestrians and cyclists that do use it also pose a danger to motorists by making collisions more likely.

How did the idea of a trail first come about?

A few years ago the PTC was awarded a technical assistance grant from the National Park Service (NPS) Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program. With this technical assistance, the PTC was able to work on increasing community interest in a multi-use trail, meeting with a variety of stakeholders and local experts, conducting research, and exploring possible routes. 

What is the current status of the Philipstown Trail?

In 2021, the PTC partnered with the Town of Philipstown and secured the Hudson River Valley Greenway Grant of $37,100 for a feasibility study for the Philipstown Trail. The PTC is now working with Weston & Sampson on conducting research and determining the most feasible and desirable option.

How will the local community benefit from the Philipstown Trail?

The vision for the Philipstown Trail is to create a route that gets people to the neighborhood connections they need to get to, by foot and without a vehicle. The hope is that we will be able to promote healthy living, pedestrian safety, and a greater sense of community by encouraging residents and visitors to walk or bike to a significant number of cultural, heritage, and recreational sites.

The trail will also encourage more healthy living and reduce reliance on motorized transit. This will help the Town of Philipstown improve public health and cut its carbon footprint.

What neighborhood attractions and amenities is the Philipstown Trail aiming to connect?

The attractions and amenities the trail aims to connect include Boscobel House and Gardens (with the seasonal Cold Spring Farmers’ Market), the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center, the Philipstown Park and Philipstown Recreation Center, Manitou School and Garrison Union Free School, Haldane School District, the Desmond-Fish Public Library, and the West Point Foundry Preserve.

The trail will also connect with hiking trails in the Hudson Highlands as shown on the Resources page.

What are the next steps?

As part of developing the feasibility study, the committee plans on conducting community outreach and stakeholder engagement in 2022. Once the feasibility study is complete (expected in late 2022), the PTC will work with the Town of Philipstown and fellow residents to make the proposed trail a reality through fundraising, resident engagement, and a plan for trail development & maintenance.